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Not to be a downer, but here's a reality check on 'Loyalty Day'

Not to be a downer, but here's a reality check on 'Loyalty Day'

As is customary for U.S. presidents around this time of year, President Obama this week recognized Loyalty Day with a lofty proclamation extolling American democracy, freedom and shared national purpose. This year's version spoke of how America is defined not by “similarities of origin or creed,” but by “our dedication to common ideals,” including “an overarching belief in the possibilities our shared future holds.”

We find nothing to quibble with in that aspirational view of the nation, but the history of Loyalty Day itself is not...

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